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Bank Name Meaning

German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German or Middle Low German banc, or Yiddish bank ‘bench’, ‘table’, ‘counter’, in any of various senses, e.g. a metonymic occupational name for anyone whose work required a bench or counter, for example a butcher, baker, court official, or money changer. Danish and Swedish: topographic name from bank ‘(sand)bank’ or a habitational name from a farm named with this word. Danish and Swedish: from bank ‘noise’, hence a nickname for a loud or noisy person. Compare Bang. Danish: habitational name from the German place name Bänkau. English: probably a variant of Banks. Americanized spelling of Polish Bak, literally ‘horsefly’; perhaps a nickname for an irritating person. Hungarian (Bánk): from a pet form of the old secular personal name Bán.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Bang, Rank, Back, Banz, Band, Bann, Ban, Blank, Bark, Pan

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Where is the Bank family from?

You can see how Bank families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bank family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bank families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Bank families living in Ohio. This was about 22% of all the recorded Bank's in the USA. Ohio and 1 other state had the highest population of Bank families in 1840.
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What did your Bank ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bank. 20% of Bank men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Bank women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bank were Proprietor and Laundress.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Proprietor
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Laundress
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Bank. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Bank. For the veterans among your Bank ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bank lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Bank life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Bank in 1954 was 45, and 76 in 2004.

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